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by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Nov 27, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: How to host an event (for dummies)?
Replies: 36
Views: 16062

Re: How to host an event (for dummies)?

When organisers book halls / rooms, what kind of hire fee does a co-eventer usually go for? I can’t imagine Molineux would have been cheap. Had a look at The Oval’s corporate events site today and the best I could find was still prohibitively expensive. Obviously not booking anything until the Rona ...
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Nov 26, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 231
Views: 21242

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

What do you mean you've never been in a bar sat at a table for one?
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Nov 26, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!
Replies: 20
Views: 9395

Re: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!

I am, very, very, VERY slowly, putting all these games and results in the Wiki, since that's still meant to be the focal point (ba-doom tish) of co-event results, isn't it? Unlike Apto, where the wiki has been superceded by the tourney system.
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1452
Views: 351599

Re: Ask Graeme?

New 15 rounder: 0 wins: Alan Flanagan, Ross Lander (82) 1 win: Jean Wright (151) 2 wins: Peter Fenton (262) 3 wins: Jill Hayward (374) 4 wins: Margaret Lawless (359) 5 wins: Zarte Siempre (656) 6 wins: Gemma Church (602) 7 wins: Callum Todd (747) 8 wins: Dylan Taylor (974) Could we have an update o...
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Super Tory Boy
Replies: 0
Views: 153

Super Tory Boy

I've been having huge fun with this biting piece of satire. New PB of £14m.

Like Super Mario, but with Tories.

https://mattround.com/usvsth3m/super-tory-boy/
by Rhys Benjamin
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 198
Views: 32540

Re: Music

Thanks to Sophie Ellis Bextor butchering "Crying At The Discoteque" on Strictly Come Dancing It Takes Two the other night, I've now decided to listen to Alcazar's entire back catalogue. Forgot how much I love them. My recommendations would include: "Start The Fire" "Blame It On the Disco" "Sexual Gu...
by Rhys Benjamin
Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 231
Views: 21242

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

If we can develop a testing system from nothing it stands to reason we can roll the vaccine out at double speed.
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1452
Views: 351599

Re: Ask Graeme?

I think the finals for this series ought to have been extended to 16 given how long the series ended up being. Corinna Attwood-gate in my view suggests the series should have been shortened anyway (in a normal time).
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 231
Views: 21242

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Not that I want to peddle optimism unduly, but a leaked NHS document shown to Sky News suggests all adults (who want one) will be vaccinated by the end of April. One presumes that some restrictions will still be in place, presumably until COVID is wiped out globally (overseas travel restrictions?) b...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 573
Views: 205541

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I know The Crown isn't famed for historical accuracy but Thatcher apparently asking the Queen to dissolve Parliament to prevent her ousting would almost certainly never have happened. It wouldn't have stopped the process, it was an internal Conservative Party matter.
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 18 November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 160)
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 18 November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 160)

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:07 pm
But minus points to Rhys for not adding the = 812. It might sometimes be obvious but generally it makes it much easier to quickly see which round someone is referring to without having to work through someone's method yourself.
Was the "Round 3" not obvious enough?
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 18 November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 160)
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 18 November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 160)

You don't need the brackets after the 25. Doesn't division take place before multiplication?
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 198
Views: 32540

Re: Music

Slightly NSFW but this has been stuck in my head for weeks:

Willam Beli - "Unshart My Fart"
Or how about the Club remix featuring dodgy music video?
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 749
Views: 193362

Re: Politics in General

The point is that saying it's exaggerated, it's overdramatised, it's mood music, etc., amounts to a denial of the issue given how widespread things had become so as to drive out various Jewish Labour MPs and the nonsense hurled at Rachel et al. Edit: I do wonder if it's a case of defending Corbyn pu...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 18 November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 160)
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Spoilers for Wednesday 18 November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 160)

I BEAT RACHEL. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

Round 3: (100 x 50 + 75) / 25 x 2 x 2
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 17th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 159)
Replies: 4
Views: 295

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 17th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 159)

They normally let people go back one step these days so why was Kevin's R3 disallowed...?
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Nov 17, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 749
Views: 193362

Re: Politics in General

I’d rather eat my own shit than listen to Owen Jones.
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 749
Views: 193362

Re: Politics in General

Apparently Boris has spoken out against devolution.

I have written about this at University, but also that I wouldn't want to be the politician who speaks out against it.

I love Boris.
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1452
Views: 351599

Re: Ask Graeme?

Not really one for Graeme to answer, but more a bit of fun for the community at large to try and have a guess at. Which contestant(s) has been seen from below the waist in most episodes? I know e.g. for myself the answer is three (s63 final, 30BC QF Hug with DoD, 30BC Final). I think for Conor the ...
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: RIP Howard Somerset
Replies: 11
Views: 699

Re: RIP Howard Somerset

Very sad news. I never met Howard in person but I joined the online Countdown world just before he left it: he was always very nice to me, and even paid for my first Apterous subscription before I had any internet banking or PayPal or anything like that, so I have always owed him £15! I last spoke t...
by Rhys Benjamin
Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Des O’Connor (1932-2020)
Replies: 2
Views: 405

Des O’Connor (1932-2020)

According to Sky News, Des O’Connor has passed away.
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 73
Views: 6692

Re: Cummings and goings

So Dominic Cummings said in January that he wanted to make himself "largely redundant" by the end of the year (https://dominiccummings.com/2020/01/02/two-hands-are-a-lot-were-hiring-data-scientists-project-managers-policy-experts-assorted-weirdos/) but apparently this is a "news" story which has dom...
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Nov 14, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 997
Views: 98453

Re: The C4C Football Thread

I wanted Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic to get back in form!
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 997
Views: 98453

Re: The C4C Football Thread

bloody mitrovic missing that bloody pen
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 13th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 157)
Replies: 2
Views: 309

Re: Spoilers for Friday 13th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 157)

I can imagine a very occasional viewer of Countdown tuning in today and thinking "Ooh, this Andy Bruno was on when I last watched. He must have won every day for 38 years." And then at the end - "Wow - I picked the one occasion out of 38 years when he actually lost to watch the programme!" Funnily ...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Return of the Awesome Dudes
Replies: 488
Views: 124582

Re: Return of the Awesome Dudes

So having been sent Andy Bruno’s Series 1 episodes I suppose that’s the best way we have to go and fill in the missing information: search out former contestants and ask for them to fill in the gaps. If you include missing ttt clues there’s 1,411 episodes with at least some information missing. So w...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Monday 29 November 1982 (Series 1, Prelim 16)
Replies: 7
Views: 585

Monday 29 November 1982 (Series 1, Prelim 16)

The last Andy Bruno episode for now. Countdown recap for Monday 29 November 1982. "The quiz game that some people are saying is to entertainment what Dracula was to the blood transfusion service" is how Richard opens the show. Not sure about that one. C1: Challenger Josef Kollar. A 37-year-old regis...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Nov 13, 2020 1:09 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Tumbleweed
Replies: 51
Views: 17205

Re: Tumbleweed

NOT A POINTS CLAIM

Sadly, there were only 70,002 bells available at the time of your post, I'm afraid. So you've just lost 3,151,125 points.
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Tuesday 30 November 1982 (Series 1, Prelim 17)
Replies: 0
Views: 159

Tuesday 30 November 1982 (Series 1, Prelim 17)

Again, huge thanks to Andy Bruno for this one. Countdown recap for Tuesday 30 November 1982. C1: Champion Andrew Bruno (2 wins, 97 points.) - Andrew won the toss and elected to be C1. C2: Challenger Christine Jones, from Otley, who lists her favourite food as Roast Beef & Yorkshires. Obviously. She ...
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Thursday 25 November 1982 (Series 1, Prelim 15)
Replies: 8
Views: 311

Re: Thursday 25 November 1982 (Series 1, Prelim 15)

I have a definitive answer from Episode 17 - which I'm just posting now: "Andrew won the toss".
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: You know you're playing too much apterous when...
Replies: 112
Views: 23433

Re: You know you're playing too much apterous when...

You have an existential crisis and decide to go and play a Nice Numbers Attack to clear your head.

Edit: and then you forget to declare on one of the rounds, thus costing you a max game
Edit: twice
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Nov 11, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Thursday 25 November 1982 (Series 1, Prelim 15)
Replies: 8
Views: 311

Re: Thursday 25 November 1982 (Series 1, Prelim 15)

Gevin is correct. If you look at the Wiki Robbo flipped them about 10 years ago to match TCDP. But like I said, the fact we now know several of them were wrong implies that many of them are wrong. Especially if they're audio recordings, it could be the case most episodes from Series 1-20 have them i...
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Nov 10, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The first lexicographer
Replies: 11
Views: 2547

Re: The first lexicographer

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:48 am
Where did the "possibly Mary Craig" on the wiki actually come from?
It is possible that she was the same Mary Craig who was Magnus Magnussen's scorer on Mastermind - again, her outline looks quite similar - although I don't think it's the Mary Craig Mark was referring to (the writer).
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Thursday 25 November 1982 (Series 1, Prelim 15)
Replies: 8
Views: 311

Re: Thursday 25 November 1982 (Series 1, Prelim 15)

He’s in the process of ripping his episodes to his computer, but this appears to be taking a while. He sent me the video of Ep15 today. What worries me is the fact the contestants were the “wrong” way round compared to TCDP and (before today) the wiki. Episode 312’s credits are on YouTube which was ...
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Nov 10, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Nick Hewer taking break from Countdown
Replies: 9
Views: 612

Re: Nick Hewer taking break from Countdown

Those with long memories may recall that Channel 4 has announced a “black takeover day” which will showcase black talent to “kickstart a fresh push for greater on- and off-screen representation”. Is this perhaps a missed opportunity? Aren't appointments like this precisely the problem they are supp...
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Nov 10, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 231
Views: 21242

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Yes, but I don’t believe that point has been reached. Lockdown 2 Electric Boogaloo was not inevitable.
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Nov 10, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Thursday 25 November 1982 (Series 1, Prelim 15)
Replies: 8
Views: 311

Thursday 25 November 1982 (Series 1, Prelim 15)

A HUGE thanks to Andy Bruno for this episode. Please note I don't have the COD7 so OT needs checking against that. Countdown recap for Thursday 25 November 1982. C1: Champion Joe Guy (3 wins, ? points.) A numbers demon, according to Richard. C2: Challenger Andrew Bruno. A 27-year-old sales executive...
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 5th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 151)
Replies: 8
Views: 471

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 5th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 151)

ARCHETYPE had been used as a conundrum twice before and on both occasions it had been spotted.
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Nick Hewer taking break from Countdown
Replies: 9
Views: 612

Re: Nick Hewer taking break from Countdown

Colin is a great choice and is probably who I would have gone for. (Sorry, Mark.)
by Rhys Benjamin
Sun Nov 08, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You've just been made producer of Countdown...
Replies: 46
Views: 3388

Re: You've just been made producer of Countdown...

Charlie will be offered a deal to run Apterous as a gaming site that is fully affiliated with the show. It will be advertised in each episode as part of the ticker tape that runs during the end credits. Did you realise that the producer would have no real power to make this happen? Channel 4 own th...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Nov 04, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 749
Views: 193362

Re: Politics in General

Romney 2024, anyone?
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1452
Views: 351599

Re: Ask Graeme?

How many times has the max been 100 or more, and how many times has at least one contestant hit 100 or more?

(Basically, "century success rate", please.)

I know no one ever got a century in 9-rounders but I'd like to see how often it was possible...!
by Rhys Benjamin
Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 69
Views: 4496

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

cough cough... but I'm sure she'll be fine.
by Rhys Benjamin
Sun Nov 01, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best lexico example sentences
Replies: 12
Views: 2289

Re: Best lexico example sentences

Found this under SHART which made me laugh: ‘I just sharted all down my leg, and I don't know how to hide it from people seeing it at the supermarket.’ https://www.lexico.com/definition/shart Weird, I can't see that sentence listed. ‘I've had things happen that my emergency kit in the truck has hel...
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Oct 31, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 69
Views: 4496

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

A. Ma. Zing.
Fab. U. Lous.

(etc)
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Oct 31, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 231
Views: 21242

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

I've met Boris & Carrie's dog and I have a phobia of dogs. He wouldn't hurt a fly. Some suggestion that lockdown may not happen because it needs to get through parliament. Apparently, Tory backbenchers have descended on No 10 tonight to get a U-turn. Which would explain the delay. Nick Robinson - an...
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Oct 31, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 69
Views: 4496

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

I think it has to be "zzzz" levels of obvious. One step, maybe two. But definitely not the 771 = (100 + 10) x 7 + 1 example.
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Request for comment: Xmas specials numbering
Replies: 9
Views: 914

Re: Request for comment: Xmas specials numbering

Looks like this may be academic now given Vallance has browbeat Boris into U-turning.
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Oct 31, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 231
Views: 21242

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

With cases plateauing it’s just totally unnecessary and nukes the economy for no reason. Especially on the day the R estimate was lowered.

Also, the WHO’s U-turn on lockdowns has gone unreported by the “we want a lockdown because it will improve our viewing figures” media.
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Oct 31, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 231
Views: 21242

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Apparently they will announce Lockdown 2 Electric Boogaloo today.

Nah I’m done. Unnecessary.
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Oct 31, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Request for comment: Xmas specials numbering
Replies: 9
Views: 914

Re: Request for comment: Xmas specials numbering

It kinda matters because it will affect when they say "happy 8,000 episodes" etc. My understanding is that they don't have an overall number independent of the wiki's numberings. Do they use the wiki? My understanding was they used Mike Brown's numbering before the wiki existed, which of course is ...
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Request for comment: Xmas specials numbering
Replies: 9
Views: 914

Re: Request for comment: Xmas specials numbering

It kinda matters because it will affect when they say "happy 8,000 episodes" etc. My understanding is that they don't have an overall number independent of the wiki's numberings.
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Oct 30, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Request for comment: Xmas specials numbering
Replies: 9
Views: 914

Re: Request for comment: Xmas specials numbering

I’m just going off this comment from Ben Wilson in 2008: Seems like we have a similar situation to the 18th birthday specials and the '500th', '1000th' and '1500th' shows- which are counted in the overall numbering system, and personally, I'd agree the same thing happening here. The S-shows aren't n...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Oct 30, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 69
Views: 4496

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

I noticed Paul wrote the scramble up incorrectly yesterday - luckily it didn't matter in the end.
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Oct 30, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Request for comment: Xmas specials numbering
Replies: 9
Views: 914

Request for comment: Xmas specials numbering

I can't decide as to whether the Christmas specials should have normal episode numbers (as per the 500th, 1000th, 1500th, 18th birthday, and 25th anniversary specials), or whether they should have the "S" prefix which is used for episodes that are filmed not for a specific date but dropped in as and...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Oct 30, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Re: Ticket #5803: ZoomDown - evidence of potential cheating
Replies: 72
Views: 4531

Re: Ticket #5803: ZoomDown - evidence of potential cheating

Jon Corby wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:17 am
[Charlie] wouldn't have been particularly bothered about catching people who were about to record since they'd be exposed on TV anyway.
Isn't James recording soon?
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Oct 28, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 69
Views: 4496

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

If the overlay isn't pumpkin orange I will be disappointed.
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Oct 27, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 282
Views: 45465

Re: You Are The Ref

I think C1 is jumping the gun a little bit, but nonetheless I still would have C2 disallowed.
by Rhys Benjamin
Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Re: Ticket #5803: ZoomDown - evidence of potential cheating
Replies: 72
Views: 4531

Re: Ticket #5803: ZoomDown - evidence of potential cheating

I get the reasoning behind re-typing the selections but my workaround for this is learning to standardise my handwritten capitals and spacing between letters. If you watch my games on ZoomDown, I’m not looking at the screen because of a lack of space more than anything else. This is why I’m of the v...